You’ve worked hard to build momentum in your ministry, but how do you maintain momentum once you have it?
Sometimes the process of building puts so much pressure on pastors and church leaders that they lose their passion. Instead of feeling uplifted, they feel almost unworthy and overwhelmed.
It doesn’t have to be this way or even get to this point. Maintaining momentum isn’t always easy, but when done right, church leaders, pastors and members feel stronger, more faithful and more passionate about ministry.
1. Train Others To Help And Lead
It’s easy to get so caught up in building that you forget about trying to find ways to naturally maintain momentum. Your members are your strongest resource in this area. You don’t have to do everything yourself or rely on a couple volunteer leaders to do it all. Instead, work to train others to help out and lead. By investing part of your time to training, you free up time to do more in the areas you love most. All it takes is the right motivation to get more volunteers and take some of the weight off of your shoulders.
2.Ask For Guidance
Never be afraid to ask for guidance. Pastors and leaders do need help and advice. This might come from friends, family, spouses and fellow church leaders. Take a brief break and visit other churches to see how they maintain momentum. Let others help you get back that passion for ministry again. You’re not 100% responsible for building or maintaining. Seek guidance and allow others to lead you sometimes.
3.Try A Change In Scenery
It might sound counterproductive to step away from your church, but when you’re overwhelmed and feeling discouraged, it may be time to take a vacation. Yes, even pastors and church leaders need a break sometimes. A change in scenery helps you to clear your head and figure out what’s best for you. Encourage your volunteers to do the same thing when they start to feel everything’s too much. This is how you maintain what you’ve built and ensure everyone maintains their energy and passion.
4. Add Online Ministry
One of the best ways to maintain momentum and reignite your passion for ministry is to share your faith outside of regular church hours. Sometimes you need a different audience. You need to step away from conflicts and freely share your thoughts to inspire others. Blog regularly on your church’s website. Engage in ministry groups on Facebook. These could be for your church, general groups or for other churches.
The idea is to use the Internet to reach a wider audience. While you might get some negative feedback, positive feedback from people throughout the week proves you do have a purpose and that spurs you on.
5. Identify What Is And Isn’t Good For You
It’s not uncommon for pastors to feel unworthy. This feeling can ruin any momentum you’ve built. Take the time to identify what is and isn’t good for you. If spending 60 hours a week ministering to your members all over town is destroying your relationship with your own family, it’s time to step back and think about what’s good for you. God wants you to nourish your own soul as well as minister to others, but you can’t do the latter without first taking care of yourself.
Let your members know that your time is limited. Train volunteers to aid in ministering so you have more time with your loved ones or for other areas of the church.
6. Avoid Major Momentum Killers
There are certain things that are surefire momentum killers. Things like extremely vocal critics, living in the past, never changing things up, trying to do it all and losing focus on your members all kill momentum. To maintain momentum, you must learn to identify what’s hurting your momentum and work to avoid those issues. Solving the root cause will help you maintain what you’ve built so far.
7. Find Passion Through Prayer
Finally, find your passion again through prayer. Passion isn’t always an obvious feeling. It’s given by God and remains a part of you even if you don’t feel it right now. Take the time to pray either by yourself or with others. Find your way again. You could even ask for prayers anonymously through online prayer sites and groups. Think of it as taking care of yourself.
Want to find more ways to maintain momentum? Engage with your members and faithful people worldwide with a church website. Building these connections helps you stay strong, faithful and passionate.